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by AgarikaJ
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is best next to Theravada?
Replies: 15
Views: 300

Re: What is best next to Theravada?

What is best religion next to Theravada? Chan Buddhism; What is best religion next to Buddhism? Jainism; Same answer I got from several Theravada monks. Another monk mentioned rishis/hermits who attain jhanas. Is it a religion or just an individual practice? 'Hermits' could be Therravada; they woul...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Laurence Carroll (U Dhammaloka). The first western Buddhist monk?
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Laurence Carroll (U Dhammaloka). The first western Buddhist monk?

We discussed cross-cultural influences between the Graeco-Roman sphere of influence (including Egypt) and the influence of Buddhist teachings on some of the eminent Greek philosophers just a short while ago, here:

- First Buddhist Mission to the West
by AgarikaJ
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Laurence Carroll (U Dhammaloka). The first western Buddhist monk?
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Laurence Carroll (U Dhammaloka). The first western Buddhist monk?

Not to detract from the achievements of this early 'Western' Buddhist monk... I would think it highly likely -- even though I know of no official documentation -- that already the close integration of Portuguese settlers throughout Southeast Asia from the early 16th century onwards and the formation...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Alex Jones hints at 31 planes of existence
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Alex Jones hints at 31 planes of existence

and Joe Rogan has a huge Buddha tattoo covering his whole shoulder and arm, but it seems like he hasn't read any of the suttas. Only, of course, that this is Shiva. - https://bodyartguru.com/joe-rogan-tattoos/ His twitter confirms Buddha though? https://twitter.com/ joerogan /status/211387771313590...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: "#MeToo!" in Buddhism
Replies: 68
Views: 1862

Re: "#MeToo!" in Buddhism

spirituality is about truth one has to act according to the truth the truth is against lust, hence you act accordingly I made the point before, and make it again; the examples brought forward in this thread have nothing to do with Theravada. Therefore your conclusion that spirituality must negate '...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Alex Jones hints at 31 planes of existence
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Alex Jones hints at 31 planes of existence

budo wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:13 am
and Joe Rogan has a huge Buddha tattoo covering his whole shoulder and arm, but it seems like he hasn't read any of the suttas.
Only, of course, that this is Shiva.

- https://bodyartguru.com/joe-rogan-tattoos/
by AgarikaJ
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say gods exist?
Replies: 20
Views: 448

Re: Did Buddha say gods exist?

Even according to Norman's suggestion, the following part of the passage will not be changed. His suggestion is regarding the first answer of the Buddha and not about the following part. He has accepted the following part. I think his suggestion is not about arguing with anything, but about trying ...
by AgarikaJ
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can Theravada buddhist temple accept non buddhist donations ?
Replies: 11
Views: 210

Re: Can Theravada buddhist temple accept non buddhist donations ?

Can a Theravada buddhist temple /sangha receive donations from non buddhist ? Can a Theravada buddhist temple / sangha receive donations from criminal / killer ? Can a Theravada buddhist temple /sangha receive donations from illegals sources (selling drugs/cocaine/gambling/liquor , smuggling goods ...
by AgarikaJ
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: First Buddhist Mission to the West
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: First Buddhist Mission to the West

The cultural influences between the Indian subcontinent and the Greek/Roman world were actually manifold and went in both directions. Unluckily, Buddhism as a religion was not able to gain a foothold, maybe because the philosophical direction potential spreaders of the Dhamma had were found to be qu...
by AgarikaJ
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Why Thailand's women are so successful in business (but not politics)
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: Why Thailand's women are so successful in business (but not politics)

SarathW wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:33 am
So you claim to be married and also a celibate agarika at the same time? :shrug:
Thanks both Mano for raising the question and Agarika for answering it.
To be honest, I also read it as an Anagarika.
There is nothing to be said against asking.
by AgarikaJ
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Why Thailand's women are so successful in business (but not politics)
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: Why Thailand's women are so successful in business (but not politics)

So you claim to be married and also a celibate agarika at the same time? :shrug: You, @Manopubbangama, are such an angry man. :shrug: On top of it you are sloppy and lack basic knowledge and understanding. Start with reading up once more what an Agarika is; hint: it is not an Anagārika. Bonus lesso...
by AgarikaJ
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Why Thailand's women are so successful in business (but not politics)
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: Why Thailand's women are so successful in business (but not politics)

In Thailand, I always had the impression women were historically encouraged to go into business I concur. During my time in Isaan, it would have been incongruous for the father of my wife to not bring his salary as a seasonal roofer home; her mother of course additionally supervised selling of the ...
by AgarikaJ
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: "#MeToo!" in Buddhism
Replies: 68
Views: 1862

Re: "#MeToo!" in Buddhism

If you feel like contributing to the actual thread regarding your experiences in tantra we'd love to here it, if not, I fail to see further value-add here....were you involved in these practices? Were you a tantric-consort to an elderly, vajra-weilding Tibetan gentleman? I have little knowledge and...
by AgarikaJ
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: "#MeToo!" in Buddhism
Replies: 68
Views: 1862

Re: "#MeToo!" in Buddhism

Because through discourse we gain the right insight and we are able to ameliorate behaviour, ours and that of those around us. ... a Theravada Buddhist trying to hold the Precepts would avoid using derogatory descriptors for other humans, as they in turn simply fuel their own delusions and strength...
by AgarikaJ
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: "#MeToo!" in Buddhism
Replies: 68
Views: 1862

Re: "#MeToo!" in Buddhism

I at least tried to make my answer about Theravada Buddhism. This is more about families, imo, because whether a sheila becomes a "Tantric Courtesan" or a "Dubai Port-o-Potty" (the depravity is of about the same level) these are some people's daughters, and thats a shame for the parents, either way...